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2015-2016 University Catalog

    Academic Majors/Minors


Program Director: Sarah Bray (fall) James Wagner(winter/May) (sbray@transy.edu)(jwagner@transy.edu)
Office: Brown Science 319/315
Phone: 233-8169 / 233-8258

Our Biology majors follow a diverse set of career paths after graduation from Transylvania University. In response to this, we have developed a Biology major that is flexible to your needs. At the foundation of the Biology major are three biology core courses (Biological Interactions, Cell & Molecular Biology, and Genetics) and four allied courses (General Chemistry I & II, Organic I, and University Physics I). In addition to the core courses, the biology major is expected to take five other Biology elective courses (minimum 1 Lab and 1 Field course) and Senior Seminar (BIO 4444).

The important consideration for any biology major is what your intentions are after graduation. If you are planning to pursue a career in the medical profession then you should meet with a Pre-health advisor early in your academic career to determine what is required for admission to your chosen profession. Not all medical schools have the same requirements. For example Medical School (D.O. (osteopathic physician) or an M.D. (allopathic physician)) require a full year of organic chemistry and physics whereas other medical professions and graduate programs may not.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Biology Major Pattern
First Year
We advise all of prospective Biology majors to start their biology core course sequence in their first year.  At a minimum, complete BIO 1044 Biological Interactions in the first year.  It is advised, but not required, that a student also start their General Chemistry sequence in year one.  However, if math skills require refreshing, then it is appropriate to focus on Calculus in the first year and postpone General Chemistry to the sophomore year. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
BIO 1044 Biological Interactions OR BIO 1044 Biological Interactions OR  
MATH 1304 Calculus I MATH 1304 Calculus I   
CHEM 1055 Chemistry I (Maybe) CHEM 1055 Chemistry I OR  
  CHEM 1065 Chemistry II  

Sophomore Year
Initiate or continue taking the allied chemistry courses.  In addition, continue the biology core course tract with Cell & Molecular Biology and Genetics. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
BIO 2024 Genetics OR BIO 2304 Cell & Molecular Biology OR 2000 or 3000-level Biology course 
BIO 2304 Cell & Molecular Biology BIO 2024 Genetics  
CHEM 1055 Chemistry I OR  CHEM 1065 Chemistry II  
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I    

Junior Year
Complete the allied chemistry course requirement and possibly take the allied physics course in the fall.  If not, take Physics in the senior year. 
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
2000 or 3000-level Biology course 2000 or 3000-level Biology course 2000 or 3000-level Biology course
PHYS 2115 University Physics I AND/OR    
CHEM 2155 Organic Chemistry I    

Senior Year
In the senior year, the Biology major is expected to take Senior Seminar.  Although Senior Seminar is taught both Fall and Winter Term, meet with an advisor to determine which term is best for your schedule.
Fall Term Winter Term  May Term
Advanced Biology course OR Advanced Biology course OR 2000 or 3000-level Biology course 
BIO 4444 Senior Seminar OR BIO 4444 Senior Seminar  
PHYS 2115 University Physics I    

1. Every May Term a minimum of one field biology class is offered.  On alternating years, the Biology faculty typically plan a travel-oriented field biology class in addition to the local field biology class. 
2. For the complete list of courses that count towards the field of lab requirements, please see the list online
Biology majors wishing to declare a minor in secondary education (for teaching certification) are advised to consult the director of education program as soon as possible.     
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